5 things to do before moving house

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So you’ve braved all the open for inspection visits, found the perfect new home and had your rental application approved – congratulations! Moving house can be a stressful experience. When you’re unemployed, on a low income, government benefits or a student, it can be really hard coming up with the cash you need for rent and moving expenses. But with a bit of planning and some savvy thinking, you can make your move fast and easy.

Here’s 5 things you should do before you move.

  1. Get yourself connected

Take the time to ensure your utilities are connected and your accounts moved from your old address to your new one, saving you time and frustration after you move.

  • Services to remember moving include your electricity, gas, phone, internet, and pay tv.
  • Start arranging this as soon as your new address is confirmed. Some providers are booked up for a few weeks in advance, so the earlier you book in, the sooner you’ll get yourself connected.
  • There’s some handy online services that can help you with this process, and you might even save some cash by getting the best deal on the services available in your area. Try Real Estate Connect, Connect Now and Fast Connect.
  • Be sure to disconnect all services in your name at your old address, and record the date and reference number for each when you do. You don’t want to receive any ongoing bills!
  • If you have a pension or concession card, be sure to check with all of your providers for any eligible discounts – you might save yourself some valuable cash.
  1. Update your details

The last thing you need is to be faced with unpaid bills, overdue fees and a bad mark on your credit record.

  • As soon as your new address and move date is confirmed, contact all companies and services you have accounts and correspondence with, and change your address.
  • Also check they have your other contact details up to date, including your phone number and email address.
  • You might also like to consider a temporary mail redirection, so that you don’t miss any mail that might be sent to your old address just after you move. Don’t forget to check if you’re eligible for any discounts from Australia Post for this service.
  • Organisations to remember changing your address with include your driver’s licence and vehicle registration, the electoral roll, insurance companies, bank, superannuation fund, and any magazine subscriptions.
  • Try this handy checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anywhere!
  • And don’t forget to also tell all of your family and friends, so they can drop by to see your new home!
  1. Sort out the kids and pets

The day that you move house can be hectic and stressful.

  • If you’ve got young children or have any pets, think about what they’re going to do on moving day.
  • Ask a trusted family member or friend to mind your kids and pets for you.
  • This will not only keep them happy and entertained on moving day, it will free up your time to focus on packing, unpacking, and getting their new home organised for them!
  1. Pack a survival kit

There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new house with all that dreaded unpacking ahead of you – then realising you have no idea where some of the essentials are!

  • Pack yourself an ‘unpacking box’. Fill it with all those little bits and pieces you need to get you started – items like allen keys and some basic tools you might need to assemble your furniture, labelled ziplock bags containing the screws needed to assemble such items, and some scissors, tape and safety knives to open boxes.
  • Don’t forget cleaning products – although your new home should be spick and span, you may come cross some surfaces and areas you want to wipe over before you unpack your belongings. Include some paper towels, tea towels, dusting cloths and surface and disinfectant sprays.
  • It’s also a great idea to pack a ‘first night’ box, just in case you don’t get through as much of your unpacking one your first day as you’d hoped.
  • This box should contain your overnight essentials – things like toiletries, toothbrush and a bath towel, toilet paper, pyjamas, bed linen and perhaps your kettle, a mug, teaspoon and some tea, coffee, long life milk and sugar.
  • You can then rest assured that no matter where you get up to with your unpacking, you’ll have handy those few bits and pieces you need to be comfortable for your first night in your new home.
  1. Book your family and friends to help out

Removalists are expensive!

  • While we’d all love to have professionals pack, transport and unpack everything for us – a little like waving a magic moving wand – these services are very expensive and beyond reach for most of us.
  • Instead, save your cash and recruit family and friends to help you. For anyone who needs a little incentive or persuasion to join your moving crew, tempt them with offers to trade services. Offer to babysit for them, cook them their favourite cake or meal, or to perhaps just do the same for them when they next move!
  • Put the word out for free boxes to pack your belongings in. Send a group email to friends, pop a post on neighbourhood group sites on social media, or ask local stores to save their boxes for you.
  • This way you’ll not only save a fortune on boxes, packing and removalist expenses, but you’ll enjoy the generosity and companionship of friends and family, and have a few laughs as you work together to create your new home.

Remember – City Finance can help you with fast cash to get your finances in order

Need help getting the cash together for your rental bond and moving expenses? Just pop in and visit our friendly staff at your local City Finance branch for a chat and some helpful advice, or apply online now!